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Ancient Gods and High Kings


Have you ever wondered about ancient Irish mythology and the significance of so many ancient monuments and structures in Ireland?  Many of these still exist today bringing the old stories and myths to life as they bridge recorded history with a time we have long forgotten and now only recalled in the written myths and legends.  A day trip from Dublin brings some of these ancient myths to life and even for those not so inclined to believe in such things, all will marvel at the intricate solar alignments and relationships between nearly all of the megalithic structures in Ireland.  

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Irish Christmas

Ireland vacations Mullingar Ireland Christmas
Christmas is special in Ireland.  Many of our small towns and villages see the local businesses decorate the downtown area and put on a Christmas Fair.  Our guide, Larry, took a few photos of the Christmas spirit and celebrations in Mullingar this year to share with you.  Perhaps you will consider joining us for Christmas next year?

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Visiting Ireland in May

Druid women on Bealtaine at Uisneach

The month of may is a magnificent time of year to visit Ireland!  The summer crowds have not yet arrived, and the weather is beginning to be a bit warmer during the day with less rain than the winter months.  May is also one of our favorites because at the beginning of the month, we celebrate the Ancient Irish feast of Bealtaine on the Hill of Uisneach.

Thinking of coming to Ireland in May?  Watch the short video below shared with us by our friendly guides at Uisneach and consider joining us on our Ireland's Five Provinces Experience where we run a special itinerary the first week of May so that our guests can experience Bealtaine for themselves much like the feast has been celebrated for thousands of years!

See you on The Hill!

Visiting Stone Circles in Ireland

Special Days to Visit Ireland

What is so special about visiting the many stone circles, tombs, monuments and holy wells in Ireland?  Sure, some are quite interesting to see but other than a nice view and stroll around an ancient place, is there anything more?  Well for some, just a nice visit may be all there is although for others, the experience can be quite powerful.

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Where in Ireland?

Visit Ireland Malin Beg Stone Circle

We really love the Midlands at Ancient Ireland Tourism because there is so much to see that many visitors often overlook.  But for a close second to our nearest and dearest, you can't beat Donegal for raw and unspoiled beauty.

Do you know where this picture was taken?  Well we already gave the hint so yes, it is in Donegal, but what is it and where?  The structure is a court tomb as opposed to a portal tomb because t has a surrounding "courtyard" to the tomb.

This particular site is a hidden treasure which we stop at on our Northern Adventure, and is known as the Cloghanmore Court Tomb.  Not far from the picturesque village of Glencolumbkille and between Malin Beg and Malin Mór, this site is not well marked but actually in plain site across from the Woolen Factory

Visit Ireland Church of Ireland Glencolumbkille

Court tombs were used by ancient Irish as community gathering places.  They were aligned with the identity of the local clans and brought together the living and the dead of the community.  Unlike portal tombs, they did not necessarily mark a boundary and were often immersed in the middle of community life such as in an agricultural field.

Visit Ireland Malin Beg Stone Circle
Visit Ireland Malin Beg Stone Circle
Visit Ireland Malin Beg Stone Circle
Visit Ireland Silver Strand

Besides Glencolmbkille nearby which hosts an excellent Folk Village and language school, nearby sites to visit include the Silver Strand at Malin Beg as well as Malin Mór.  There are also portal tombs to see near Malin Mór as well as at Croghbeg on the way back to Killybegs along the R263.  Not far from the village at Glencolumbkille you can find the Farranmacbride court tomb and if you are heading north, by all means stop by the abandoned village of Port, arguably one of the most picturesque places in Ireland.

Visit Ireland Port

When to Visit Ireland?

Visit Ireland Church of Ireland Glencolumbkille

One of the questions we frequently hear people ask is: “What is the best time to visit Ireland?”

The simple answer is that it is always a great time to visit Ireland! Yet, most people are looking for something more specific so we put together a bit more detail to help you out.

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